Jazz producer, percussionist and beatmaker Makaya McCraven has been enjoying combining live drums with samples for about ten years now. He obtains the latter from existing recordings or from sessions specially recorded for the occasion, for which he rounds up the best jazz musicians of the current flourishing Chicago scene.
For his latest project, McCraven delved into the Blue Note catalog and tackled classic and lesser-known pieces by the likes of Art Blakey, Horace Silver and Kenny Burrell with the likes of vibraphonist Joel Ross and guitarist Jeff Parker.
You should check out their versions of A Night in Tunisia or Wail Bait (from Clifford Browns Memorial Album) forgot to really enjoy it. Pee Wee Marquette’s over-sampled announcements don’t help either. But soon the enriched arrangements and the lively, new rhythms convince.
The additions of McCraven and his bandmates really give the music new meaning. Not so much better, but different and certainly inviting to dance. Hip DJs will thank McCraven for dusting and patching up Eddie Gales Black Rhythm Happening from 1969.
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McCraven’s additions really give the jazz classics new meaning ★★★★☆
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